fantasy romance

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Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root does not take place in the same universe as Justina Ireland’s paranormal historical duology Dread Nation/Deathless Divide, which both earned DIKs here. This book can’t possibly be as good as those, right? Surprise! It’s even better. In a magic-infused alternate history, the ...

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches

What a charming, imaginative book!  The League of Gentlewoman Witches continues the Dangerous Damsels series with fun and aplomb.  Want a romance about a witch and a pirate?  Then look no further. Miss Charlotte Pettifer is the future leader of the titular league, and prophesized heiress of Bl ...

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The Demon's in the Details

Narrated by Greg Boudreaux The Demon’s in the Details is a riff on Rumpelstiltskin that hits the basic beats of the original without being an exact reproduction of it, transforming the passive main character into a brave, fiercely protective individual who can look out for himself, the king ...

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Daughter of the Sea

Elisabeth Hobbes dips her toes into the historical fiction side of the writing pool with Daughter of the Sea, the tale of a foundling and the woman who takes her in.  This pretty, lyrical tale is honest and lovely, with some perfect prose imagery. Effie Cropton has a sailor husband and an infant ...

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Neon Gods

Persephone and Hades are the O.G.s of the Beauty and the Beast archetype, which is one of my favorites, so I’m always game for a retelling. But if this particular Persephone story disappeared to the Underworld, I wouldn’t really miss it. Olympus, in this version, appears to be an East Coast c ...

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Neon Gods

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy romances, and so Neon Gods easily caught my eye as a mix of fantasy, Greek mythology, and erotica. While it took me a little while to orient myself in the author's world, overall this book proved to be a promising start to this new series by Katee Robert. In th ...

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

At 848 pages, Samatha Shannon’s fantasy epic The Priory of the Orange Tree is a beast of a book, and a beast of an achievement. The first half borders on perfection, and while the second half isn’t as strong, on the whole it’s a gripping read. Ead, a member of the religious order called the ...

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Sing Me Forgotten

Jessica S. Olson’s well-written and impassioned Sing Me Forgotten will definitely amuse musical theater fans – if only because the book definitely reads like a gender-swapped, fantasy-tinged take on The Phantom of the Opera.  That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book – quite the contrary – but ...

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House of Earth and Blood

Narrated by Elizabeth Evans Anyone who listens to or reads Fantasy novels on a regular basis is probably familiar with the work of Sarah J. Maas, but if you're not, I've got the perfect introduction to her writing for you. With House of Earth and Blood, the first book in a brand-new series intend ...

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Crazy Cupid Love

Amanda Heger’s wildly charming Crazy Cupid Love is a wonderful, magical little fantasy romance in which fantasy creatures are real – and they’re looking for love. There’s nothing in the world Eliza Herman hates more than Valentine’s Day. It’s cutesy, cheesy, it clashes with her birthd ...